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Monday, October 31, 2011

Once a Marine by Cat Grant

Once a Marine by Cat Grant
Publisher: Rip Tide Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (175 Pages)
Others: M/M, anal sex
Ratings: 4 Cherries
Reviewed by Canterbury Bell

Love is a battlefield.

Discharged under Don’t Ask Don’t Tell, former Marine major Cole Hammond is struggling to find a new identity. But PTSD casts a pall on everything, and his hard-nosed, homophobic father can’t even bear to look him in the eye. To top it all off, he’s pretty sure he’s flunking out of law school.

Marc Sullivan is a kind, sensitive romance author-slash-waiter with a thing for men in uniform. Cole’s not wearing his anymore, but there’s no mistaking the warrior Marc meets in the diner one rainy afternoon. Cole’s sexy smile and Carolina drawl prove irresistible, but Marc’s played this game before, and he always loses. Once a Marine, always a Marine, and if there’s one thing Marc knows about such men, it’s that they all leave him in the end. It doesn’t help that Cole’s practically closeted in public, or that he refuses to seek treatment for his PTSD.

But like any good Marine, Cole’s willing to fight for what matters. And like the characters in Marc’s stories, he’s certain that if they try just hard enough, together they can find their own happily ever after.

We read so many stories about lonely soldiers, wars, battles, and finding love in the middle of the chaos. But we don’t read about what happens to them when they come home unexpectedly, against their will. Do they find their happily ever after? This story is about a soldier, the writer who falls in love with him and the everyday real life they need to deal with that could essentially tear them apart.

Cole Drummond is a Marine; it is all he ever wanted to be. Now he is a discharged Marine under the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell law. So where does he go from there? Back home in California and in law school. Meeting someone is not in his plans.

Marc Sullivan is just trying to pay his bills while he waits for his big break as a romance writer, and then one day a tall blond sexy man walks into the diner he is working in and it is love at first sight. At least for Marc.

But Marc has felt the bitter pain of being used and dumped by men in uniform and his discovery of Cole’s former occupation leaves him leery. Still, he's a romantic, a man who always looks for the positive and refuses to let life pass him by. But a quick, cold, sexual evening with his new customer leaves him even more disillusioned.

Cole’s guilt and curiosity brings him back to Marc. But, what could be a new beginning for them both is threatened by his years of hiding his sexuality.

Marc is everything that Cole needs and doesn’t know it. He is the great guy, the one you want in your corner when things get tough and the soft place to land at the end of a rough day.

Cole is the soldier and the loyal protector who will do what needs to be done whether he likes it or not. He takes his responsibilities seriously. Together they are a magical pair with great chemistry and even though they don't have such a great understanding of each other, they are willing to learn.

Cat Grant's talent makes their conversations fun, their sex intense and their love unwavering. Cole and Marc are the Romeo and Juliet of their time; such great love with so many outside forces, so much responsibility threatening to tear them apart. They made me cheer for them, cry for them and love every page of their story. Cat Grant has taken a tragic situation and turned it into a romantic love story. You don’t need to love military stories to love this because underneath it all…it is a truly classic love story!

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